Harnett County, North Carolina
Health Department 

Important Announcements
September Is Infant Mortality Awareness Month

The death of a baby before his or her first birthday is called infant mortality. Unfortunately, about 24,000 infants died during 2011 in the United States. The loss of a baby remains a sad reality for many families and takes a serious toll on the health and well-being of families. A healthy pregnancy begins before conception and continues with appropriate prenatal care and addressing problems if they arise. For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.

National Cholesterol Education Month

September is recognized as National Cholesterol Education Month. Cholesterol is a soft, fat-like, waxy substance found in the bloodstream and in all your body's cells. Cholesterol is an important part of a healthy body, but too much cholesterol in the blood is one of the main risk factors for heart disease and stroke—two leading causes of death in the United States. One way to prevent these diseases is to detect high cholesterol and treat it when it is found. For more information on cholesterol, click on the title.

September is National Preparedness Month "Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare"

The Harnett County Health Department would like to remind our residents that September is a good time to prepare – not only for the next hurricane or flood – but for any emergency that might put you and your family at risk. In today’s world we need to be prepared for many kinds of emergencies, whether caused by disease outbreak, hurricane, wildfire, severe weather, earthquake or an act of terrorism. As the theme of this year’s National Preparedness Month says, "Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare." For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) web site or call 910-893-7550.

Pink Ribbon Breakfast-Saturday, October 18th

The Harnett County Department of Public Health and several community partners will be sponsoring a “Pink Ribbon Breakfast” on October 18, 2014 in recognition of National Breast Cancer awareness month. The Pink Ribbon Breakfast, which is an educational event, will provide information on breast health, and mammography screening. The keynote speaker for this event will be Monair McGregor, PhD, with the American Cancer Society. This event is free but registration is required. To register or for more information call the Harnett County Health Department at 910-814-6298 or 910-893-7550. The registration deadline is Friday, October 10th. For more information, click on the title.

Mobile Mammography:

Mammography screening remains the best available method to detect breast cancer early. The Health Department provides mobile mammography screenings in partnership with Rex Mobile Mammography screenings will be held on October 15, and November 12, 2014 . Pre-registration is required. See the Downloads Box below for an application or call 910-814-6197 for more information.

Reducing Sodium in Children's Diets

About 9 in 10 US children eat more sodium than recommended. Most sodium is in the form of salt, as a part of processed foods. A high sodium diet can lead to high blood pressure. About 1 in 6 children ages 8-17 years has raised blood pressure. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Lowering sodium in children's diets today can help prevent heart disease tomorrow, especially for those who are overweight. The taste for salt is established through diet at a young age. Parents and caregivers can help lower sodium by influencing the way foods are produced, sold, prepared, and served.For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.

ECU School of Dental Medicine Community Service Learning Center in Lillington

The ECU clinic is open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Services: Comprehensive General Dentistry, Children’s Dentistry, Oral Surgery – Extractions, Root Canals, Sealants and Tooth Colored Fillings, Crowns and Bridges, Dentures and Partial Dentures, Implant Services, Periodontal Services and Cleanings, Cosmetic Tooth Whitening. Digital Radiography, and 3-D/Cone Beam Imaging. For more information click on the title to view the web site or call 910-814-4191, the facility is located at 80 Autumn Fern Trail in Lillington.

Harnett County Health Department is on Facebook

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